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Change Across Cultures : A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation :  A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation - Bruce Bradshaw

Change Across Cultures : A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation

A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation

Paperback Published: March 2002
ISBN: 9780801022890
Number Of Pages: 272
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Bradshaw, Change across Cultures Cover Copy "Bradshaw, equipped with field experience and academic rigor, tackles some knotty issues facing those who desire to transform the cultural narratives-worldviews and moral assumptions-of the peoples of the world through the narrative of God's redemptive relationship with creation. The book is comprehensive in the treatment of development sectors, biblically sound, diverse in the use of multidisciplinary sources, and masterfully written." -Tetsunao Yamamori, Food for the Hungry International "[Bradshaw] challenges readers to come to terms with one's own cultural narratives, and points out the necessity of changing these narratives if real values-transformation is to take place in cross-cultural work. He includes fascinating stories throughout, drawing on his extensive grassroots experience. This is an important work that should leave a lasting mark in cross-cultural fields of study. -Peter G. Riddell, London Bible College "It makes a valuable contribution to those seeking a better understanding of the relationship between gospel and culture. This requires that we understand other cultures and the values undergirding them, and storytelling plays a major role in bringing about cultural change." -Eric Ram, World Vision "Christians face multiple challenges in our time of increasing fragmentation. These challenges represent a marvelous opportunity for Christ's disciples to be authentic witnesses of the gospel, while, at the same time, living fully in the societies and cultures where they find themselves. No one interested in Christian ethics across cultures can afford to ignore Change across Cultures." -Tite Tienou, Trinity Evangelical DivinitySchool "Whether or not you agree with the many nontraditional interpretations of familiar Bible passages you encounter in these pages, they will force you to reevaluate some of your own assumptions as well as those of the people of other cultures with whom you live and work." -Jane Overstreet, Development Associates International Bruce Bradshaw was the director of transformation development research and training for World Vision International for more than twelve years and worked as a regional liaison officer in Somalia for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is currently assistant professor of economics and business at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, and the author of Bridging the Gap: Evangelism, Development, and Shalom.

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Narrative: The Media of Ethical Inquiryp. 15
Scripture: From Narrative to Metanarrativep. 39
Culture: From Functionalism to Redemptionp. 67
Environment: From Gnosticism to Biblical Holismp. 93
Religious Practices: From Power to Truthp. 113
The Powers: Transformation through Subordinationp. 133
Gender Equality: From Participation to Leadershipp. 151
Economics: From Exploitation to Empowermentp. 167
Science and Religion: Two Different Leading Functionsp. 185
Reconciliation: A Commitment to a Better Futurep. 201
Community: One Narrative with Many Cultural Dimensionsp. 217
Toward Constructing the Narrative: From Teaching to Learningp. 239
Selected Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780801022890
ISBN-10: 0801022894
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.49  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.41